Yoga and Your Training

Are you an athlete? Runner, high school lax player, pro football player? Casual hiker? Then yes, you are and you must have read or heard something on how good it is for you to incorporate yoga into…

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“When we get too caught up in the business of the world, we lose connection with one another – and ourselves.” ― Jack Kornfield

After taking a fall down the stairs leaving a yoga class yesterday morning, today I spend the day on the couch resting my sprained ankle. I have 2 dogs staring at me wondering, “Why is she home?” Maybe this was a wake up call.

Not only my body being forced to rest, so is my mind. Of course, it is thinking of a million things I can accomplish via emails, but truly, it does not need to work right now, it probably needs to slow down. But who wants to slow down? A couple of hours rest feels like an eternity to me. But this is the problem and it is probably the cause of my fall. I was talking a mile a minute after class, about who knows what, thinking about where I was going next, all while reviewing yoga sequences in my brain. Just like everyone else..constantly going, going and going. Is it all too much? Because we are programmed to think there is always more to do, more to think about..and we keep jamming it all in until…something wakes us up.

All of the noise going on in my brain caused me to lose focus, and stumble down. Now, I am very out of my comfort zone and this is truly testing my patience, as I do not like to relax (: But the more we do, the faster we go, and the more we multitask, are we actually accomplishing anything other than detachment from ourselves and others?

So this minor incident is forcing me to stop, relax, calm down, and appreciate what is at least for a couple days. It’s a well needed time to reconnect with myself, and I will view the day as such, returning to my routine hopefully with clarity and new perspective.

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Live Life With A Tough Skin & A Tender Heart

“LIFE BEGINS WHEN YOU GET OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE.”

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As my morning yoga class started off their practice in child’s pose. I shared with them the quote, “Life begins when you get out of your comfort zone.” I wanted them to ponder this as the settled into their mats, and settled into their breath. Now, this does not mean that we do not experience quality of life doing regular routine things…because we certainly do. But what this is meant to mean is that when we decide to take a leap, and for example, take a new job, leave a job, fully commit yourself to a relationship, or end a relationship, it is inevitable that it will conjure up feelings of fear, doubt, anxiety, nervousness. Although, underneath these feelings we usually view as feelings we don’t want, there is excitement and curiosity. We all tend to over think our decisions when it comes to stepping out of our comfort zone; but once we do, it is these feelings ( the fear, the nervousness, the butterflies in our bellies) that make us FEEL ALIVE…life is about experience and pushing ourselves out of our comfort zones, but doing it with compassion and kindness.

I shared this today as a general lesson to my yoga class; but it simply can be applied to the practice of yoga. Most of us are nervous wrecks during our first yoga class…”Will I keep up?” “I’m not flexible enough.” We end up focusing on how good our teacher is and staring at the advanced practitioners in the class, psyching ourselves out. Those who come back for more classes, usually hesitate to try a new pose, or to take a pose deeper ( even though in there heads they are ready) but they overthink it and hold back. We need come to our mat and accept ourselves and our flaws and accept that we were all once beginners and that we are constantly learning and growing. Once we step out of our comfort zone, and try a crow pose, or any new pose that seems scary, yes, we will be nervous, shy, and we will probably fall; but we try again. Once we succeed we are elated and we come back to our mats for the next challenge and the next posture which will conjure up feelings of fear again; feelings of life. Just as in life, in yoga, we are constantly being challenged and by stepping our of our comfort zones, life begins and we are humbled.

THE FREEDOM OF THE MOMENT IS ALWAYS AVAILABLE

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There is a story of a woman running away from tigers. She runs and runs and the tigers are getting closer and closer. When she comes to the edge of a cliff, she sees some vines there, so she climbs down and holds on to the vines. Looking down, she sees that there are tigers below her as well. She then notices that a mouse is gnawing away at the vine to which she is clinging. She also sees a beautiful little bunch of strawberries close to her, growing out of a clump of grass. She looks up and she looks down. She looks at the mouse. Then she just takes a strawberry, puts it in her mouth, and enjoys it thoroughly. Tigers above, tigers below.

I really like this story and became familiar with it while reading, Pema Chodron’s, “The Wisdom of No Escape and the Path of Loving Kindness,” which I highly reccommend. Chodron explains that “this is actually the predicament that we are always in, in terms of our birth and death. Each moment is just what it is. It might be the only moment of our life; it might be the only strawberry we’ll ever eat. We could get depressed about it, or we could finally appreciate it and delight in the preciousness of every single moment of our life. ”

It is so very true. We always want to find a way out of this predicament or that dilemma. It is easy to forget that within the limitations of the moment, there is freedom. In this story, it’s the experience of the fresh taste of the strawberry. It is different in each case. Not every day can be an easy day for anyone. The freedom of the moment is always available, even when the circumstances are not pleasant. So as you go about your weekend remember this story and savor each moment.

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— Pema Chödrön (The Wisdom of No Escape and the Path of Loving Kindness)

THE LIGHT IN ME HONORS THE LIGHT IN YOU

As you enjoy this rainy Memorial Day weekend, please think about those who served our country and the family members who have lost loved ones and are left behind. Please honor their strength and their courage. But remember, take time for yourself. Recharge. Most of us are on autopilot, adhering to our routines around work, working out, and children. So this weekend, sleep a little longer, have another scoop of ice cream, don’t clean up after your kids right away, run in the rain, and shut off your phone if only for an hour. Put your guilt away on your highest shelf. If you don’t take time for yourself, you will never be your best self. Happy Memorial Day Weekend.

Namaste,

Andrea

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PRAJJALI KICK OFF PARTY 5.20.13 STAY TUNED- LIVE FROM THE WATERSIDE RESTAURANT IN NJ

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Hi guys! Isn’t this tank the cutest. They will be for sale soon! Message me if you are interested!

As referenced in my last post, the Kick-Off Party for Prajjali is tonight. If your new to my blog, you can read about Prajjali in my previos post. You can jump right to http://www.prajjali.com.

Our party is being sponsored by Whole Foods! So I am calling all Yogis, studio owners, teachers, friends, and anyone interested in hearing about a great organization. Please come on out tonight. If you can’t make it you can follow my pictures live from the event tonight! Could the weather be any better!?

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The view from the event patio tonight. Amazing.
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Me and my yogi sister Allison!
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Oh man, blurry again. Check in table for guests and studio owners! They scored rocking goodie bags!